Brightmore / CCHR / Scientology

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William Thackeray

Dear Ministry of Justice,

This is a FOIA query concerning Christopher Brightmore, a JP in
Louth.

1)

Is the MoJ aware that Mr Brightmore was removed from
service on the General Medical Council's Fitness to Practise Panel
following his failure to declare a relevant interest?

2)

What are the rules for the declaration of interests by JPs?

3)

What interests has Mr Brightmore declared?

4)

Mr Brightmore is a former Commissioner of Citizens Commission on
Humar Rights UK Ltd, a Scientology organisation which is opposed to
the practise of psychiatry. Has Mr Brightmore heard any cases in
which psychiatry or related fields were relevant? If so, please
provide details.

I refer to Information Tribunal case EA/2009/0063 (Thackeray v IC &
GMC), which shows that there is a legitimate interest of the public
in the release of this information.

Yours faithfully,

William Thackeray

Data Access & Compliance Unit, Ministry of Justice

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Dear Mr Thackery,

Thank you for your email dated 18th May 2010, please see the attached
letter in relation to your freedom of information request.

Regards
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William Thackeray

Dear Darren (ARU),

Many thanks for your response to my FOIA request.

You asked "I would be grateful if you could clarify your request, particularly with regard to what recorded information you are requesting".

The information I am requesting is:

1)

Is the MoJ aware that Mr Brightmore was removed from
service on the General Medical Council's Fitness to Practise Panel following his failure to declare a relevant interest?

2)

What are the rules for the declaration of interests by JPs?

3)

What interests has Mr Brightmore declared?

4)

Mr Brightmore is a former Commissioner of Citizens Commission on
Humar Rights UK Ltd, a Scientology organisation which is opposed to
the practise of psychiatry. Has Mr Brightmore heard any cases in
which psychiatry or related fields were relevant? If so, please
provide details.

If you're asking me what part of the MoJ is responsible for keeping records concerning Justices of the Peace, I don't know that. I was rather hoping the MoJ might.

Yours sincerely,

William Thackeray

Over, Darren \(ARU\), Ministry of Justice

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William Thackeray

Dear Ministry of Justice,

Would someone else please followup this FOIA request as Darren Over is now on leave.

Many thanks.

Yours faithfully,

William Thackeray

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Dear Mr Thackeray, Please see attached letter that was sent to you by
Darren Over. Please can you confirm what recorded information you
require.

Regards

Data Access and Compliance Unit
6TH floor 102 Petty France.
Post point 6.25
London
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William Thackeray

Dear Data Access & Compliance Unit,

Thank you for your reply. Yes, I saw the letter from Darren, and I replied to it. My reply to him is below.

Yours sincerely,

William.

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Dear Darren (ARU),

Many thanks for your response to my FOIA request.

You asked "I would be grateful if you could clarify your request,
particularly with regard to what recorded information you are
requesting".

The information I am requesting is:

1)

Is the MoJ aware that Mr Brightmore was removed from
service on the General Medical Council's Fitness to Practise Panel
following his failure to declare a relevant interest?

2)

What are the rules for the declaration of interests by JPs?

3)

What interests has Mr Brightmore declared?

4)

Mr Brightmore is a former Commissioner of Citizens Commission on
Humar Rights UK Ltd, a Scientology organisation which is opposed to
the practise of psychiatry. Has Mr Brightmore heard any cases in
which psychiatry or related fields were relevant? If so, please
provide details.

If you're asking me what part of the MoJ is responsible for keeping
records concerning Justices of the Peace, I don't know that. I was
rather hoping the MoJ might.

Yours sincerely,

William Thackeray

Data Access & Compliance Unit, Ministry of Justice

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SW1H 9AJ

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Quinlan, Joanne, Ministry of Justice

Freedom of Information Request FOI/65668/10

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11-JUN-10 Our Ref:FOI/65668/10

Dear Mr Thackeray,

SUBJECT: Freedom of Information Request FOI/65668/10

Thank you for your correspondence of June 10, 2010, in which you asked
for information about Christopher Brightmore, a JP in Louth, under the
Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOIA) from the Ministry of Justice
(MoJ).

You will receive a response from us by July 7, 2010. Your request has
been passed to the appropriate business unit within the MoJ, and they
will write to you with their decision by this date.

The FOIA does provide a number of exemptions. A qualified exemption
requires that before relying on it we must consider the public interest
test. If the information you have requested is covered by a qualified
exemption(s) under FOIA, the Department is allowed to take longer than
20 working days to respond. This is because in such circumstances we are
required to consider the public interest issues when deciding whether or
not to disclose the information requested.

If more time is needed to consider the public interest issues under a
qualified exemption(s), we will write to you and inform you of the
revised date you can expect to receive a response to your request.

If you have any queries regarding this request please do not hesitate to
contact us. Please quote ref: FOI/65668/10 in all future correspondence.

Yours sincerely,

Jo Quinlan

Data Access and Compliance Unit

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William Thackeray

Many thanks, Jo.

In respect of the exemptions, you may wish to refer to Information Tribunal case EA/2009/0063 (Thackeray v IC &
General Medical Council), which shows there is a legitimate interest of the public in the release of this information.

Yours sincerely,

William Thackeray

Stead, Victoria,

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Dear Mr Thackeray

Please find attached response to your Freedom of Information Request in
respect of Mr Brightmore JP.

Regards

Victoria Stead

Governance Officer (KILO)

Finance & Governance

Midlands Regional Directors' Office

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Your ref:
Dear Mr Thackeray
Request under the Freedom of Information Act 2000
Thank you for your email, in which you asked for the following information from the
Ministry of Justice (M0J);
1) Is the MoJ aware that Mr Brightmore was removed from
service on the General Medical CounciIs Fitness to Practise Panel
following his failure to declare a relevant interest?
2) What are the rules for the declaration of interests by JPs?
3) What interests has Mr Brightmore declared?
4) Mr Brightmore is a former Commissioner of Citizens Commission on
Humar Rights UK Ltd, a Scientology organisation which is opposed to
the practise of psychiatry. Has Mr Brightmore heard any cases in
which psychiatry or related fields were relevant? If so, please
provide details
Your request has been passed to me because I have responsibility for answering
requests which relate to Her Majesty s Courts Service (HMCS) Midlands Region
HMCS is an executive agency of the MoJ and is responsible for managing the
Magistrates’ Courts, the Crown Court, County Courts, the High Court and Court of
Appeal in England and Wales. Your request has been handled under the Freedom of
Information Act 2000 (FOIA).
I This particular point does not actually fall within the terms of the FOl Act but I can
say there s nothing n our records about Mr Brightmore having been removed from fhe
3M ft es t va tse pare
2 On appointment, Magistrates have to sign a ‘Declaration and Undertaking’ form,
which I attach for your information. Magistrates also receive a ‘Useful Information
leaflet on appointment (also attached), which sets out cases they should not sit on. The
leaflet states:
ii1embers of the public must be confident that magistrates are impartial and
independent. If you know that your impartiality or independence is compromised in a
particular case you must withdraw at once. You should also withdraw if there is a real
risk that an objective person might consider your impartiality or independence
compromised.
You should not sit on any case involving a friend or relative, your employer or someone
else with whom you or a family member has dealings. Nor should you hear any case
which you already know something about or which touches upon an activity in which
you are involved. This includes cases which affect your financial interests or those of a
friend or relative. You may already be aware of some factors which might limit the
cases you can hear - e.g. if you work for a local authority or government department
you must not sit on any cases to which they are a party - and your Justices’ Clerk
should have discussed these with you when you were appointed. Others may arise in
court on the day. If you are in any doubt, be cautious and ask your Justices’ Clerk for
advice”.
3 — I can confirm that neither the MoJ nor the Directorate of Judicial Offices for England
and Wales maintain a register of judicial interests, and there is no current plan to
introduce one.
4 - Section 32(1) of the Act provides that information contained in court records is
exempt from disclosure. It is an absolute exemption and there is no duty to consider
the public interest in disclosure.
Section 32(3) provides that the duty to confirm or deny whether we hold the information
does not arise in relation to information that, if it were held, would be exempt under the
terms of Section 32(1).
As part of our obligations under the FOIA, the Ministry of Justice has an independent
review process. If you wish to request an internal review, please write or send an email
to the Data Access and Compliance Unit within two months of the date of this letter, at
the following address:
Ministry of Justice
Data Access and Compliance Unit
Information Directorate
6 Floor, Zone B
Post point 6.23
102 Petty France
London
SW1H 9AJ
EEmaiI:
f you remain dissatisfied after an internal review decision, you have the right to apply
to the Information Cornmissioners Office under Section 50 of the FOIA, You can
contact the Information Commissioners Office at the following address:
Information Commissioner’s Office
Wycliffe House
Water Lane
Wilmslow
Cheshire
SK9 5AF
Internet:
Yours sincerely
Victoria Stead
Midlands Regional Governance Officer (KILO)
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William Thackeray

Dear Victoria,

Many thanks for your response to my FOIA query.

Yours sincerely,

William Thackeray

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